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The Stolen Hollyhock

By pamelajean
Hollyhocks come in a variety of colours, but mine were always white and pale pink, so when I saw these deep red ones, I immediately fell in love. I was sitting on someone’s brick wall waiting for a bus when I noticed them in their garden, so I waited for the flowers go to seed, then returned and furtively collected some whilst passing. This is the happy result. (I later met the owner when he was tidying his garden, and confessed to the seed theft, but he wasn’t bothered at all).
I now know that the disc-shaped seed case is known as a schizocarpTongue.

The epitome of cottage garden plants, the stately old-fashioned hollyhock will add some drama and exciting height to a garden.
Its showy 3” funnel-shaped flowers are borne in tall, erect racemes and will bloom for a long time in summer.
Their tall spikes are covered with blooms from top to bottom, and can reach heights of 9 feet!

Thank you for looking, for your interest, your comments and votes on my Date Palm Frond.


Tags: Ambition Europe Asia Flowers and plants Alcea rosea Cottage garden Deep red Malvaceae Mallow family Fecundity racemes

Voters: Saastad, rontear, mrswoolybill and 53 more

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Saastad Plus
3 16 17 Norway
4 Dec 2019 5:18PM
Beautiful photo Pam!
Love the colors and the composition and the fine sharpnes!

franken Plus
19 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 5:24PM
Beautiful work, Pamela.
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 5:31PM
A beautiful shot and love the colour of these.
Hermanus 10 4 South Africa
4 Dec 2019 5:56PM
Wow !! I love this
viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 6:02PM
Beautiful colours and textures Pamela.

richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
4 Dec 2019 6:33PM
A lot of work to get this excellent image Pamela, and worth it all.
BillRookery 6 2 4 England
4 Dec 2019 7:12PM
Beautiful image
taggart Plus
17 47 15 United States
4 Dec 2019 9:03PM
So--so envious --I have tried to grow hollyhocks with no luck--and this image is so beautiful!
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 9:38PM
Crafty.. and what a result
4 Dec 2019 9:43PM
Stunning - beautifully done! SmileSmileSmile
EMJAYCEE 13 10 10 England
4 Dec 2019 9:44PM
Really beautiful image.
LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 10:02PM
Stunning evidence of your pilfering!
mac Plus
20 14 Scotland
5 Dec 2019 12:02AM
An excellent grouping of the flowers with a great range of tones and sharpness.
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
5 Dec 2019 9:45AM
A very lovely capture, Pamela, capture with excellent detail, and a good choice of background 👍
Trev 😀
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2019 10:55AM
"schizocarp" - if only I could remember this word I'd impress my gardening friends.
Lovely bit of pilfering Pamela!
CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2019 11:44AM
What a wonderful ill gotten gain! Well presented.
Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
5 Dec 2019 1:20PM
Gardeners are always happy to share. I love holly hocks, they are such stately and old fashioned flower.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 824 England
5 Dec 2019 3:40PM
Very nice Pamela, hope you don't get rust on them as they are prone to that fungus.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2263 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2019 5:51PM
I haven't had one WITHOUT rust yet, Keith, but it's usually confined to the lower leaves, so I cut them off. I love watching them reach incredible heights, and some of this year's grew above the roof - but I do live in a bungalow!
6 Dec 2019 5:21AM
Wow , one of my fave garden flowers , great capture Pamela ,
I can only grow white and yellow ones in my garden...cannot get the seeds for any other colour to take !
Cheers Walt
ColleenA Plus
10 503 8 Australia
6 Dec 2019 12:06PM
Beautiful worthy of all the awards
bricurtis Plus
17 2.6k 52 England
6 Dec 2019 9:07PM
Lovely comp and presentation - you should give the man a print of his Hollyhocks.SmileSmileSmile
brian17302 Plus
10 2 13 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2019 3:06PM
Beautiful detailed image Pamela
Mike_Smith Plus
15 915 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2019 3:29PM
Stunning image captured Pam, I do very similar things usually take a piece for a cutting. my last was a white Hydrangeu
Chinga Plus
11 102 3 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2019 12:33AM
Radiant colours Pam!!
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